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davor_suker2010-05-10 19:05:37 +0000 #1
Ok guys, we are the favourites and this is probably the biggest sporting event our small nation has ever experienced. If we win this, it will be history - our first davis cup title.

Here is the latest jersey designed by Diadora for the champion Ljubicic -

Personally, i think its ugly. Looks like a cycling shirt.

Interview with Ivan Ljubicic in the build-up -

Interview with Goran Ivanisevic -


The Croatian and Slovak Tennis Associations today nominated their four-man teams for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Final, which will take place on 2-4 December at the Sibamac Arena NTC, Bratislava:


Dominik Hrbaty

Karol Beck

Michal Mertinak

Karol Kucera

Miroslav Mecir (Captain)


Ivan Ljubicic

Mario Ancic

Ivo Karlovic

Goran Ivanisevic

Niki Pilic (Captain)

For the third tie in a row, the Slovak Republic have named an unchanged team. For its first Davis Cup Final, the Slovaks have named Dominik Hrbaty and Karol Beck, who have both won all but one of their live singles rubbers in the Slovaks' three victories so far this year, Michal Mertinak, who in partnership with Beck, is undefeated in three doubles rubbers, and veteran Karol Kucera. The Slovaks will enjoy home advantage for the fourth time this year.

Croatia have named 2001 Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic to replace Sasa Tuksar in a team otherwise unchanged to that which overcame Romania in the quarterfinals and Russia in the last four. Ivanisevic last played Davis Cup in 2003, partnering Ivan Ljubicic to victory in the doubles rubber against USA. He and Ljubicic are, in fact, unbeaten in six Davis Cup doubles rubbers so far. Ljubicic has won a maximum nine singles and doubles rubbers in the 2005 campaign through the semifinals and is bidding to emulate John McEnroe's perfect record of eight singles and four doubles rubbers in 1982.

The two nations have never met before in Davis Cup competition and are bidding to become the 12th nation to have its name engraved on the famous trophy.

Two of the four players nominated can be changed up to one hour before the draw, which takes place on 1 December at Bratislava Castle at 1000 GMT. will carry live scoring, match reports and news stories, photos, interviews and live radio coverage, beginning a few days before the Final.


Slovak Republic: Official Team Nominations

Dominik HRBATY:


Karol BECK:






Team Captain

Miloslav MECIR

World Group 2005

FinalSibamac Arena National Tennis Centre, Bratislava, Slovak Republic

Stadium Capacity: 4100

02 December - 04 December 2005

Day 1: 1400hrs (GMT 1300hrs)

Day 2: 1500hrs (GMT 1400hrs)

Day 3: 1400hrs (GMT 1300hrs)

Surface: Hard (Premier) - Indoors

Ball Type: Dunlop Fort Duck

This is the first meeting between these two young Davis Cup nations, both of whom came through last year's World Group Play-offs to earn a place in the 2005 World Group. The meeting of the two first-time finalists guarantees the emergence of the 12th champion nation in Davis Cup history, as well as the fifth different champion of the past five years.

Friday & Sunday - 3000 Slovak Crowns (approx €77)

Saturday - 2000 Slovak Crowns (approx €51)

Box seats

(6-8 people) with hospitality - 240,000SC (approx €6170) - 300,000SC (approx €7720)

Tel: +421 2 49209 890


Official Team Nominations


: Mario ANCIC:



Team Captain

Nikola PILIC

Dado_Prso_092010-05-10 19:16:26 +0000 #2
we will crush them in bratislava

hope goran plays
Dado_Prso_092010-05-10 19:47:46 +0000 #3
Draw made for Davis Cup Final: : Beck plays but must face Ljubicic in the first rubber

The draw has been made for the 2005 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Final between Slovak Republic and Croatia in Bratislava:

Karol Beck (SVK) v Ivan Ljubicic (CRO)

Dominik Hrbaty (SVK) v Mario Ancic (CRO)

Karol Beck/Michael Mertinak (SVK) v Mario Ancic/Ivan Ljubicic (CRO)

Dominik Hrbaty (SVK) v Ivan Ljubicic (CRO)

Karol Beck (SVK) v Mario Ancic (CRO)

So after all of the speculation and mind games of the last few days, the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Final is back to square one. Both captains have elected to stick with the team line-ups and combinations that have carried them this far, and Goran Ivanisevic and Karol Kucera, the two old stagers around whose participation most of the speculation revolved, must sit on the sidelines – for now at least.

First up on Friday will be Ivan Ljubicic, on paper at least the best player in this Final, facing Karol Beck, the Slovak No. 2 whom many had expected to sit out at least the singles. All week the Slovaks had been proclaiming loudly that Kucera was playing really well, and the absence from Beck from many of the practice sessions here at the National Tennis Centre seemed to reinforce the feeling that Kucera would make an unlikely appearance.

However, Slovak Captain Miloslav Mecir has decided to stick with Beck, who says he has recovered from the knee and elbow injuries that caused him to retire from his last two events in October.

“I feel very, very well over the last two or three days. My knee hasn’t bothered me at all. Everything worked very, very well. I look forward to the matches.”

If Beck is fully fit, then it would certainly seem the logical decision. Beck is ranked No. 57 to Kucera’s 297, and Beck has won two of his three live singles and all of his three doubles rubbers in Davis Cup play this year, while Kucera has played and won just one dead singles rubber in 2005.

However, it does seem that the hosts’ task was made a little more difficult by the draw at the Bratislava Castle today, as Ljubicic was handed the first rubber. The Croat, who of course has won all nine rubbers he has contested in 2005 and could equal John McEnroe’s achievement of twelve Davis Cup wins in 1982, has a 2-1 head-to-head record against Beck, winning their last two encounters. If he beats Beck he would be the first man to win ten live rubbers in a year since the World Group was created in 1981.

Ljubicic’s recent blistering form would also suggest that Croatia will take the first rubber, and he said he was pleased to be first on.

“Well I think lately I play the level of tennis that it doesn’t matter who is on the other side.

“I prefer to know exactly at what time I play because I can prepare much better.”

Croatian Captain Niki Pilic echoed this, and also suggested that there would be more pressure on Dominik Hrbaty in the second rubber if the Slovaks are indeed 1-0 down.

Mecir however disagreed: “It’s not important who plays who. What is important and what counts is who gets the three points.”

“We also have to take into consideration that Davis Cup is different,” added Beck. “There is the psychological element. I will do my best and we’ll see what comes of it.”

Second up Friday will be Dominik Hrbaty against Mario Ancic, a rubber that the Slovaks really must win to have a realistic chance of winning the Cup. Hrbaty said that he expects the atmosphere in the arena to be unbelievable and that his home fans are apparently planning some surprises in terms of how they express their support, so that could work in his favour. The court too is not as fast as it has been for previous ties, according to the Slovaks, as it was re-laid before the recent Challenger event here and the surface speeds up as it gets worn, so that could also help Hrbaty’s counter-punching game.

Something has got to give in the doubles, as the captains have again stuck with the tried and tested pairings of Karol Beck/Michal Mertinak for the hosts, and Mario Ancic/Ivan Ljubicic for the visitors. Both pairs bring unbeaten 2005 Davis Cup records into Saturday’s rubber, having played and won the doubles rubbers in each of their three previous ties this year.

Sunday will see Ljubicic face Hrbaty before Beck takes on Ancic in the final rubber.

So it seems that Ivanisevic and Kucera will not be appearing before Sunday, if at all, unless long matches on Friday or injuries prompt the captains to throw them into the doubles. For either of them to step into the pressure-cooker of a live final day singles rubber also seems a tall order, so a dead fifth rubber – if there is one – would be the most likely scenario for these two national tennis heroes to appear.

Kucera thinks this is more likely than Ivanisevic: “I believe the result after two days will be 3-0 because we are full of energy. We believe in ourselves.”

Ivanisevic though thinks that he won’t be appearing.

“If we win 3-1, there’s no point of playing [the fifth rubber] because everybody’s going to be drunk.

If we lose 3-1, I think everybody’s going to be disappointed, and they’re going to celebrate. Again, nobody’s going to watch. Maybe if it’s 3-0, then is different.”

Play gets underway at 14:00 hrs local time on Friday (13:00 GMT) and you can listen to live coverage on Davis Cup Radio presented


ivanisevic is a legend lol awsome comments
Mirko Mandic2010-05-10 19:26:32 +0000 #4

The Banja Lucan is going to take us to the tittle.
Dado_Prso_092010-05-10 20:07:41 +0000 #5
ljubicic won his first match
purger2010-05-10 19:27:40 +0000 #6
Go Mario, go

We want
Dado_Prso_092010-05-10 21:59:03 +0000 #7
mario is having alot of trouble with hrbaty losing first set 7-6 and in the second he has just been broken
Dado_Prso_092010-05-10 21:11:56 +0000 #8
we won the doubles in straight sets



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